•  head shot of Needham principal, Dylan Purlee
     Dylan Purlee, Principal

    Needham Elementary School       

    1399 Upper Shelbyville Road                                                             

    Franklin, IN  46131                          

    317-346-8500 (Phone)                             



    Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

    On behalf of the outstanding Needham staff, I would like to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year.  We are excited to continue “Constructing a Learning Community!” this year.

    We have some new Bulldog staff members to introduce this year as well as familiar faces in new roles:

    • Miss Roberts will be our new 1st-grade teacher
    • Mrs. Murray will be our Secretary/Treasurer
    • Mrs. McCain will be our new STEM teacher
    • Mrs. Polcher will be teaching 1st and 2nd-grade High Ability
    • Mrs. Moore will be teaching 3rd and 4th-grade multi-age class
    • Miss Austermiller will be returning as our Music Teacher
    • Miss. Hamon will be our new Art Teacher
    • Mrs. Bontrager will be our Instructional Coach

    Our number one priority is to create a safe learning environment that is student-focused.  Therefore, you will notice a few improvements to our safety protocols and a continuation of programs we have implemented in the past.

    Continued Best Practices:

    • All Visitors who wish to go beyond the main office must have a Background check on file, sign in at the office and wear a lanyard with a visitor badge. (including lunch visitors)
    • Car Rider line will be one line, students exit the passenger side of the vehicle, nearest the sidewalk.  The only Car Rider Drop-off and pick-up will only be at the Eastview entrance. The bus circle will NOT be a drop off location this year.
    • Car Riders will all be given NUMBERS, anyone picking a student up must have the official number displayed, this will start on the first full week.
    • Door 1 is the only entry point for Visitors and that door is locked, but you can be “buzzed” in. (Please ring the bell, state your name and the purpose for the visit)

     Improvements to Safety:

      • Only buses will be allowed in the Bus Circle.  The lot will be blocked from 7:10-7:40 each day. All students getting off buses will be entering Door 1.
    • Once Buses are dismissed, Door 1 will be returned to the closed, locked position.
    • All Car-Riders will enter Door 4 each morning, this will be a short and safer entry point for our students.
    • This year we will have 2 levels of visitors indicated by different colors of lanyards.
      • Purple will be for visitors who are Volunteering in the classroom
      • Yellow will be for visitors who are Guests coming in for Lunch only

    Thank you and we will see you all on August 6th at Back to School Night and August 8th for the first day of school!


    Mr. Dylan Purlee

    Important Information and Reminders

    School Day:  Our car-riders and bus riders will be welcomed at 7:20 a.m. by a staff member. Our school day begins at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:20 p.m.  Students not in the building by 7:40 a.m. will be counted tardy.  Car riders will be dismissed at 2:20.  Car riders should enter and exit the car rider area using the Eastview Drive entrance.

    Wednesday will be on a Early Release schedule, dismissing at 1:40 pm.

    Lunch:  Lunch prices are $2.60 a day and breakfast is $1.30.  Reduced prices are .40 cents for lunch and .30 cents for breakfast.  An extra carton of milk is .40 cents.  Please do not include book rental money with your lunch money.   Lunch can also be paid through SendMoneyToSchool.com.  Updated  Free and Reduced Lunch Forms must be completed for each school year.  (Even if your family qualified for meal assistance last year, you must reapply this year.)  The forms are available in the office and on the district website. Please be sure to complete the form (front and back). Also, remember to check the “textbook assistance” box.

    If you would like to have lunch with your child, please call before 9:00 so your name can be added to the lunch count. The price of an adult lunch is $3.10.  


    Book Rental Fees: Kindergarten-$76.24, First Grade-$104.89 / HA $118.58, Second Grade-$92.27 / HA $127.88, Third Grade-$88.28 / HA $83.86, Fourth Grade-$90.04 / HA $70.80.   Book fees are due by September 30th.  You are able to pay book rental fees online at: www.schoolpay.com or in the school office with check or exact cash amount.  A payment agreement can be arranged in the school office for assistance.  The fees will be turned over to our administration office for payment collection if not paid by September 30th.  An additional collection fee will then be assessed.

    School Information:  School newsletters are sent monthly through mass email and each child receives a paper copy.   In addition, visit our website often, http://www.franklinschools.org and stay up-to-date on current information by visiting our “Needham Elementary” Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!  You can link to both from our school website.  You will also get important information from our automated phone service.

    Address or Phone Number Change:  We are relying on you to supply us with any changes in address, emergency contact information, and email address.  Please  contact the school office (317) 346-8500 with any changes. 

    Medication Policy:  The Nurse and two Secretaries are the only three designated school personnel allowed to give medication. There must be a doctor’s instruction with the medication on prescription items, or a note from the parent on all non-prescription items.  Medication must be brought to school by a parent- Do not send medication to school with your child.  Medication will not be given without the proper paperwork from the parent.

    Absences:  Please call the school by 9:00 a.m. to let us know of your child’s absence.  You may call the attendance line, (317) 346-8399, before or after hours to leave a message.  Your child must stay home until he/she is fever, diarrhea, and vomit free without medication for 24 hours.  We know that appointments are challenging to schedule, however, your child will learn more and perform at a higher level when they are at school.  Please make every attempt to schedule appointments around the school day.

    Volunteering: Mr. Purlee is providing a V.I.P. (Volunteers and Involved Parents) training for all volunteers who work with students in our school.   Please contact the office if you would like to volunteer in your child’s classroom or school.  We encourage you to volunteer in the classroom and/or help on field trips.  As in the past, anyone accompanying a field trip or volunteering for the school corporation must complete a criminal background check.  This is done for the safety and protection of our students.  You will not be permitted to volunteer or chaperone until you have cleared a background check and participated in the VIP training. Training sessions will be held at least 2 times per month.

    Cub Care:  Cub Care provides childcare for all Needham students after school from 2:20-6:00 p.m.  Webb Please call Kelsey Kasting at (317) 346-8732 for more information and registration.

    PTO (Parent Teacher Organization):  Our staff is very proud of our PTO and their activities.  Please sign up for any of the committees, attend meetings, and volunteer in your child’s classroom. Our President is Darci Wertz.

    Bus  Transportation:  Please take time to review bus safety rules with your child.  For the safety of everyone on the bus, students must follow the bus rules and the bus driver’s instructions.  Students creating a safety concern will receive a bus report and suspension from the bus.  If your child will be riding to a different destination that his/her home, we must have a note from the parent.  Your child will then need to obtain a bus pass form the office or he/she will not be allowed to board a different bus.  We do have a bus that will drop students off at the Boys and Girls Club and Girls, Inc.